Buffalo Sabres Weekly Three Stars: Jan. 19


Anyone who’s been watching the Buffalo Sabres lately knows that the team has been struggling. With a loss Sunday night to Detroit, the team is on a franchise-record 11-game losing streak. Their last win came on December 27, they’re 30th in the NHL standings and now face the All-Star Break that will allow them some time to regroup heading into the rest of the season.

This past week saw the Buffalo Sabres play four games, including a trio of home games against the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers. The Buffalo Sabres then wrapped up the week with an 8 p.m. showdown against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Obviously this week wasn’t the best for the Buffalo Sabres. The team now has just over a week until its next game, when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Calgary Flames next Tuesday for a 9 p.m. puck drop.

Despite this week being a rough one, there were still a few players who stood out for the Buffalo Sabres.

Without further ado, here’s your three stars for the Buffalo Sabres for the week ending January 18.

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Drew Stafford had points in two of four games this week for the Buffalo Sabres, including a goal in Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Red Wings. Overall this week, Stafford had two points (1-1) and played 54:57. He had three shots and seven hits in four games. Stafford also had one blocked shot and won fifty percent of the faceoffs he took this past week.

Tyler Ennis had arguably the best game of the week on Sunday, notching a pair of goals and an assist against the Detroit Red Wings. Ennis also had a goal in Saturday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Overall, he had eight shots in four games this week and played a total of 77:22. He also had seven hits, two blocked shots and two missed shots this week.

The final star of the week for the Buffalo Sabres is forward Matt Moulson. Moulson had points in two of four games this week, including a pair of assists in Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He also had an assist in Sunday’s game against the Red Wings. Overall, Moulson played 75:22 in the four games this week. He had five shots, seven missed shots and five blocked shots.

Finally, we have to give some credit to the Buffalo Sabres goaltenders. Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth each played two games this week. Neuvirth faced the Red Wings and Flyers at home, while Enroth faced the Wild and the Red Wings. Neuvirth had 55 saves on 62 shots faced, while Enroth had 50 saves on 63 shots faced.

Undoubtedly, this week was a rough one for the Buffalo Sabres. It’s a challenge to pick three stars on a team that lost all four games this week and 11 straight overall – but I’ve tried to do my best. Maybe you’d pick other players; maybe you’d argue that no players deserve any sort of “star” for their recent performances. Either way, these were my top three players for the week for the Buffalo Sabres.

Now, the Buffalo Sabres face a week off before returning to action next Tuesday. Let’s see what good the week off can do.

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